The Indian Hockey Team Wore Black Armbands During Match With Pakistan, Condemning Border Violence

8:07 pm 19 Jun, 2017

The India vs Pakistan hockey match, played on June 18, has become one of the most historic matches in the history of the game. India delivered a brutal blow to the neighbors by hammering them 7-1. With India’s win, the country has been in congratulatory mode. However, there is another part to this story which remained unnoticed by many of us.

During the match, the players of the Indian team wore black armbands, condemning the recent attacks on Indian soldiers along the Jammu and Kashmir border.

Indian hockey team player wearing a black band


This has not happened for the first time. In fact, India’s usual keeper, the currently injured PR Sreejesh, had dedicated the team’s 2016 Champions Trophy, where  India had beaten Pakistan in the final, to the soldiers. .

India’s stand-in captain, Harmanpreet Singh, who scored twice, said the players would use their sport to drive the message home. “We wanted to win on the field today to show not only our proud nation but all the World that we will stand up and fight for what we believe in through sport,” he said, according to a report published in The Indian Express.

Harmanpreet added further,

The players of the Indian hockey teams have always shown tremendous belief and support for the Indian Armed Forces who guard the safety of our nation. They are proud of the nation’s soldiers and are often inspired by their dedication and sacrifice. As sportsmen, the Indian hockey teams have always shown solidarity and compassion towards the soldiers and have often dedicated their victories to the Indian Army.


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